Ten fun facts about James Madison
James Madison was born on March 6, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. He graduated in Bachelor of Arts on September 23, 1771.
He was elected to the Orange Country Committee of Safety in December of 1774 and joined the Virginia Militia as a colonel the following year.
In 1777, Madison lost his bid for a seat in the Virginia Assembly but was later appointed to the Governorís Council.
He went to Philadelphia in 1780 to serve as one of Virginiaís delegates to Continental Congress.
In 1787 Madison was the driving force behind the Constitutional Convention and presented the first version of the Bill of Rights to Congress.
In 1792 Madison and Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic- Republican Party which was the first opposition political party of America.
James Madison oversaw the Louisiana Purchase from the French in 1803.
In 1809, he succeeded Jefferson as president defeating Charles C. Pinckney.
Madison led the US against the British during War of 1812. In 1814, the British actually captured Washington and forced Madison to flee to Virginia.
He ended his term of Presidency in 1817 and retired to his home in Virginia. He was re-elected in 1812 and died on June 28, 1836 at the Montpelier estate in Orange Country, Virginia.
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